Arizona Online Sports Betting

Arizona Gambling Laws

For many years, Arizona was a staunchly anti-online wagering state, however, in April 2021, the winds of change finally blew through the Grand Canyon State.

Confronted by the economic downturns of the global pandemic, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and a Navajo Nation attorney fought to expand the state’s gaming options. Tribal Casinos led the way in opening up the sports betting industry in Arizona, both land-based and online.

State Legislators finally came onboard with the Tribes and passed a pair of sports betting bills and the Governor signed NJ-style online sports betting sites into law later the same month. Arizona sports betting went live in September 2021.

Legality of Sports Betting VS Gambling

Land-based Gambling options are widespread in Arizona, with almost every form of land-based wagering (except sports betting) having at least some legal foothold in the state. Online forms of betting are rare (for the time being at least) with the exceptions of Horse Racing Betting.

Visit our Arizona Gambling page for More information on the states online casino and other gambling Laws

Gambling TypeLegal Land-BasedLegal Online
Sports BettingYesYes
Fantasy Sports (DFS)N/ANo
eSports BettingYesYes
Horse RacingYesYes
Charitable GamblingYesNo

Arizona Gambling Tax Rate

The tax rates on Betting in the state of Arizona are;

  • Residents 5%
  • Non-Residents 6%
  • Wins over $1200 may be subject to Federal Taxes.

Sports betting Age VS Gambling Age in Arizona

The Grand Canyon State applies a 21 years-of-age minimum age limit on all forms of legal wagering, with the exception of Charitable Gambling, where is the legal minimum age is 18.

Gambling Type Age
Sports Betting21
Horse Racing21
Charitable Gambling18

Betting on Sports in Arizona

Arizona has long-established and successful (however, quite separate) gambling and sports industries. On the sporting side of the equation, Arizona is home to NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL franchises. For gambling, Arizona has a network of Tribal Casinos, a lottery, horse-racing tracks and a chain of Off-Track Betting (OTB’s) locations.

Given the strength of the sports industries in the state, it seemed only a matter of time until sports wagering at land-based sportsbooks and online sportsbooks was made legal, and that prediction became true in April 2021 when Governor Doug Ducey signed into Arizona State Law HB 2772.

With the sweeping change, online sportsbooks and brick-and-mortar retail sports were given the green light to launch in September 2021, alongside other changes allowing for the legalization of Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS), mobile lottery draw games and online keno games.

Arizona Online Sports Betting Laws

After Governor Doug Ducey signed Arizona’s sports betting legalization bill into law, the Arizona Department of Gaming (the ADG) announced that it will be required to draft additional regulations to fill in the blanks to what HB 2772 covers (see below);

  • The ADG oversee the licensing and regulation of sports betting.
  • The ADG will draft and adopt regulation matters such as the state tax rate and licensing process etc.
  • Wagering on the Olympics and eSports plus professional and college sports will be permitted.
  • A minimum age of 21 years or older will apply to potential Arizona sports bettors
  • Ten sports betting licenses will be reserved for Arizona tribal gaming operators
  • Ten sports betting licenses are set to be reserved for professional sports organizations.
  • Licensees may operate bricks-and-mortar sportsbooks on premises, in addition to statewide online sports betting.

Online Fantasy Sports in Arizona

In February 2016, Arizona attempted to exclude Daily Fantasy Sports from its gambling laws, which would allow residents access to use DFS sites. Senate Bill 1515 was introduced, with the goal of eliminating DFS from Arizona’s definition of gambling. However, the bill didn’t last long, quickly dying in the Senate. Yet the 2021 bill that legalized sports betting in the state also opened the door for DFS to return to the state. It is now completely legal for DFS companies to operate within Arizona and accept entries from the state’s residents.

Esports Online Betting Laws

eSports betting was deemed legal in the State of Arizona in April 2021 with the safe passage of HB 2772, and is anticipated to be popular with the Grand Canyon State’s bettors. Legal online eSports wagering launched in September 2021.

For readers who may be unaware, ‘eSports’ is short for ‘electronic sports’ (in other words, video game play at the highest level possible). eSports are most often played in a team format (rather than individually) in leagues and tournaments internationally. Leading video game development companies have launched their own pro leagues, and as live streaming technology has improved dramatically, it has transformed eSports competitions into global betting events.

High-profile electronic games such as Fortnite, Dota 2, League of Legends, Overwatch, CS:GO, and Call of Duty all have their own leagues and sold-out stadium tournaments and competitions.

In developed sports betting markets such as Canada, Britain, France and Australia, or even Nevada or New Jersey, sportsbooks now offer a range of betting markets across all major eSports tournaments.

When sports betting is legalized in Arizona, watch for eSports betting to be offered at your favorite sportsbook in the state.

Horse Racing

Horse Racing Betting is 100% legal (both on course/track side and online) for all residents of, and visitors to the state of Arizona. Federal laws provide for each state to rule on the legality of horse racing betting. As a result, many states permit their residents and visitors to bet on horse races both Track side, Off Track Betting and online. Since the re-legalization in Arizona in 2015, most of the largest horse betting websites across the United States have a presence in the state.

Trackside Betting

Arizona currently has five live horse racing tracks and two greyhound racing facilities.

Off Track Betting (OTB) in Arizona

Off track betting and simulcast racing are offered at Arizona’s extensive network of more than 30 OTB locations across the state. Betting on races in Arizona, across the United States and most major racing locations worldwide are all available in Arizona’s OTB’s.

Online Horse Racing in Arizona

Since the 2015 re-legalization in Arizona, major U.S. online horse racing betting sites all accept customers from the state and offer real money bets on horses and greyhounds for Arizona residents and visitors to the state.